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Budget build. 6670 GPU, what CPU?

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November 15, 2011 5:25:36 AM

Should be as cheap as possible. Which cpu do you think wont bottleneck a 6670? I am thinking about the pentium G620. Watcha guys think? Is it any decent? Better bet than the tri core athlons? Thx for the help.

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November 15, 2011 5:34:20 AM

As long as it's not a pentium 4 or sempron , the cpus available today won't bottle neck a 6670.

Tri-Core is better.
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November 15, 2011 5:34:51 AM

No cpu will bottleneck this.
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November 15, 2011 5:36:26 AM

I would say get the A6-3500, its not much more than the g620, its a tri-core, and it will work with the 6670 for dual graphics, which will be superior GPU wise compared to the g620+HD6670. Its also about as expensive as the tricore Athlon. And I know from personal experience these APUs are great overclockers :) 
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November 15, 2011 5:42:33 AM

Thx alot for the quick replies. :) 
@cutebeans & vx53c, you think the celerons 540(SB arch) will do well enough with 6670?
@redsunrises, i considered the same option too, but then anands benchies show the CF is just so pointless, it actually brings down the performance below the 6670? Also, the fm1 boards are pretty expensive(at this point in time atleast). So, thats the catch actually. On the apus path, they are atleast 75-50$ more than the intel options. :( 
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November 15, 2011 5:48:31 AM

wrazor said:
Thx alot for the quick replies. :) 
@cutebeans & vx53c, you think the celerons 540(SB arch) will do well enough with 6670?
@redsunrises, i considered the same option too, but then anands benchies show the CF is just so pointless, it actually brings down the performance below the 6670? Also, the fm1 boards are pretty expensive(at this point in time atleast). So, thats the catch actually. On the apus path, they are atleast 75-50$ more than the intel options. :( 



Yeah true... I guess it depends... I had an A6-3650 which is a quad core and used a 6670 and in some games it did about the same as the GPU alone, but in others it did excel. Its a new technology, and chances are with updated drivers it will get better, and if not, you still have a tricore processor with more L2 cache than the athlon. When I built my A6 system I used the A55 chipset and the mobo was like $55 us. How much were u looking to spend on a mobo?
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November 15, 2011 5:59:03 AM

Exactly that much. 50$. :)  If i didnt have the 6670 already, the A6 would have been the king. But with the GPU, i do believe intels the cheaper and better way to go(unless the drivers have improved dramatically). Theres also the small matter of no upgrade path(trinity to use fm2?). Though, i am such a cheap whore :D  , i dont think i will be upgrading soon, it just feels good in the knowledge i can. :)  You tired OC it?Damn this is tough choice. You know what, i did give a serious consideration to a4 3400. But i can find one review about it on the internet. :( 
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November 15, 2011 6:00:21 AM

If you use the 6670 with a Llano A8 3850 the graphics on the processor and the graphics card crossfire and perform much better .
That should be your first choice IMO
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November 15, 2011 6:03:24 AM

Outlander_04 said:
If you use the 6670 with a Llano A8 3850 the graphics on the processor and the graphics card crossfire and perform much better .
That should be your first choice IMO


If you see the benchmarks in anandtech. You would see it will decrease in performance.
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November 15, 2011 6:04:35 AM

Well the A4-3400 is only a dual core with a weaker GPU core, so I would say the bottom would be A6-3500. Yes I OC the A6-3650 I had to over 3ghz easily on air. Right now I have an A8-3850 OC to 3.5ghz stable 24/7 and boosted the GPU clock to 750mhz (over the normal 600MHZ). Even without my 6670, I can run games like starcraft and crysis pretty good... But if you are looking for an upgrade path, Intel might be the smarter option, however I am not sure since I havent used intel in a while. But make sure you research it, Intel does love to switch sockets, that much I remember.
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November 15, 2011 6:05:25 AM

Thx for that option outlander, but as redsunrises already said, the scaling isnt very good with the 3650, so I am not sure this hybrid CF is really ready yet(unless you think things have changed drastically since launch?). Also, the a8 is out of my budget. Its a sub 100$ cpu i am looking at. The cheaper it can be, the better. :)  Hell, i think its pretty much narrowed down from the X3 455 and below. Like sub 80$ actually. :)  SO, you think its definitely worth it putting 30$ more on the 455 when the celeron 530 is good enough for a 6670?
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November 15, 2011 6:07:09 AM

cutebeans said:
If you see the benchmarks in anandtech. You would see it will decrease in performance.


My real world experience is different. But I agree there are games that I noticed it was better to just stick to the 6670. But like I said before, at least the A6-3500 has the extra L2 cache over the athlon, so in the games that CF doesnt work like it should, its still not a bad choice. IDK just my opinion :) 
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November 15, 2011 6:09:38 AM

wrazor said:
Thx for that option outlander, but as redsunrises already said, the scaling isnt very good with the 3650, so I am not sure this hybrid CF is really ready yet(unless you think things have changed drastically since launch?). Also, the a8 is out of my budget. Its a sub 100$ cpu i am looking at. The cheaper it can be, the better. :)  Hell, i think its pretty much narrowed down from the X3 455 and below. Like sub 80$ actually. :)  SO, you think its definitely worth it putting 30$ more on the 455 when the celeron 530 is good enough for a 6670?


Its tricky... Because some games depend more on a CPU, so I would say get at least a tri core... But I am no expert, it all comes down to research lol
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November 15, 2011 6:14:38 AM

@redsunirises, yeah the 1155 socket will definitely support ivy bridge, and if nothing else, the i3 2100 is a worthy upgrade down the road. :) 
Ok, i will just get to some details then. Maybe you guys will be able to get to conlusive advice to me. :)  The rig is mainly for BF3. Ofcourse other games shall be played, but BGf3 is the main objective.
The resolution is: 1366X768. Its a low resolution already. SO, with the 6670, medium to high(not ultra) should give me constant 40fps+? Its a sub 80$ cpu option i want, which will bring out almost around 95% of what 6670 is capable of. Is that even possible?
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November 15, 2011 6:17:22 AM

Okay maybe this is way too much complicated? If it comes down to this, i can sell off the 6670 for 80$ or something and get a A8 3850 rig instead. Is that a good choice?
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November 15, 2011 6:17:41 AM

If it's BF3, Get at least a 6770.

Yeah, an i3-2100 would be good.
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November 15, 2011 6:20:56 AM

wrazor said:
Okay maybe this is way too much complicated? If it comes down to this, i can sell off the 6670 for 80$ or something and get a A8 3850 rig instead. Is that a good choice?


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... here is a tricore with L3 cache which helps in games, and I think is your best option under 80 dollars... but the only catch is you would need to already have a heatsink...
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November 15, 2011 6:22:36 AM

@cutebeans, the problem is, the 6770 is way more expensive because i will have to change my PSU too. The i3 is out of my budget. I understand, bf3 takes alot of money, but i am ready to go as low settings as possible to get playable fps. And i believe the 6670 at that resolution is good enough for more than medium?
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November 15, 2011 6:25:38 AM

@redsunrises, sorry not from the US. SO, OEM parts are out of the eqn. :)  THx for the link tough. But, local prices here do reflect the newegg prices(like 10% more on everything). So, i am still on the same page as you guys. God, didnt know the G530 would turn out such an headache. Good, i havent bought it yet. :) 
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November 15, 2011 6:30:22 AM

Well the athlon x3 and hd 6670 should work fine to play this game... Obviously with lower settings :) 
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November 15, 2011 6:30:26 AM

Just took a look at the link. The a8 by itself is damn playable with BF3. Nice. So, thats one thing taken care of. Now i am wondering, wouldnt the G530+6670 give more FPS than the a8 3850 alone? If not, i am selling my 6670 and will get the llano instead.
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November 15, 2011 6:36:28 AM

I would say since you already have the hd6670, the G530 would be just fine. Here is an athlon dual core playing battlefield http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPBpGgCLRTA so the SB should be better :)  best of luck, and you will be playing BF3 in no time!
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November 15, 2011 6:42:08 AM

Man, thats the video, that made up my mind. The G530 is better than any of the athlon X2s. So, yeah, i think i will go with it as you said. Thanks alot guys. :) 
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November 15, 2011 6:42:44 AM

Best of luck!
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November 15, 2011 6:43:21 AM

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February 2, 2012 9:13:03 PM

Well, I tried to boost performance trying to add on a Pentium4 @ 3.2GHZ socket 775 rig an Asus ATI4850 1G DDR3 just in case I will fit it in some days a 6670 1GB that I will buy.
I recently purchased cheap enough 4x512MB twinmos dimms that work perfectly under dual channel mode in order for it to have enough RAM.
My mobo is a nice Asus P5GD1 PRO with intel 915 chipset.
Although the system makes it perfectly during browsing, use of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, FULLHD playback from streaming sites and saved videos, it lacks on performance during Dirt3 benchmark with low settings and 1280X1024 resolution... Average 19 fps and with a big overclock of 4850 from 625 core to 725MHz...

I'm really troubled if the CPU really bottlenecks the graphics card... I think that in a previous setup of an Intel Celeron 2.6GHz dual core the card did it perfectly under high settings and 1680X1050 resolution...

I'm so confused... Can anybody help me a little? Thanks in advance guys!

(p.s. : Under control panel one of two High Definition Audio controlles cannot use resources so I disabled it...It must be the controller of the video card...Does it play any role under low 3D abilities on my system?)
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February 2, 2012 9:46:22 PM

cutebeans said:
If you see the benchmarks in anandtech. You would see it will decrease in performance.


since when is a 68% improvement in Crysis and a 32% improvement in Hawx a decrease in performance?
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February 3, 2012 3:14:00 AM

kofigus said:
Well, I tried to boost performance trying to add on a Pentium4 @ 3.2GHZ socket 775 rig an Asus ATI4850 1G DDR3 just in case I will fit it in some days a 6670 1GB that I will buy.
I recently purchased cheap enough 4x512MB twinmos dimms that work perfectly under dual channel mode in order for it to have enough RAM.
My mobo is a nice Asus P5GD1 PRO with intel 915 chipset.
Although the system makes it perfectly during browsing, use of Windows 7 Ultimate Edition, FULLHD playback from streaming sites and saved videos, it lacks on performance during Dirt3 benchmark with low settings and 1280X1024 resolution... Average 19 fps and with a big overclock of 4850 from 625 core to 725MHz...

I'm really troubled if the CPU really bottlenecks the graphics card... I think that in a previous setup of an Intel Celeron 2.6GHz dual core the card did it perfectly under high settings and 1680X1050 resolution...

I'm so confused... Can anybody help me a little? Thanks in advance guys!

(p.s. : Under control panel one of two High Definition Audio controlles cannot use resources so I disabled it...It must be the controller of the video card...Does it play any role under low 3D abilities on my system?)


Yes, its your cpu thats holding you back. Single core cpus are even below minimum requirements these days. You should get a new cpu+mobo+ram before you do the next graphics update, and well the 4850 is a better than the 6670. Dont buy that if you truly want an upgrade. :)  GL.
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February 3, 2012 12:02:16 PM

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